Want to change my hard drive configuration, but don't want to wipe data.

Casually HardcoreCasually Hardcore Once an Asshole. Trying to be better.Registered User regular
Hey folks!

I'm sick of my 300 minutes level loading time and I'm thinking about setting up a raid 0.

Usually, whenever I do something like this, I wipe my drives and start anew.

But, seeing how most of my stuff is from d/l service like Steam, and it would take days to redownload all this stuff, I don't want to wipe my drives.

What is the best way to keep my data?

Thanks!

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  • EndEnd Registered User regular
    edited December 2010
    I think you're out of luck unless either you have extra hard drives (either your raid is using new or you have a spare laying around) or your raid controller supports that sort of thing (which is unlikely, but we'd need more info for that).

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  • Casually HardcoreCasually Hardcore Once an Asshole. Trying to be better. Registered User regular
    edited December 2010
    Sadly, after sitting down and looking at what I have, it's that lovely time when I get spend money on a new mobo, ram, and processor.

    I might as well get a velociraptor the O/S and games and a TB hard drive for storage while I'm at it.

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  • SmokeStacksSmokeStacks The Myth, the Legend, the Bowman, the Shambler FuckerRegistered User regular
    edited December 2010
    You can backup your Steam installs to another drive or DVDs through Steam. Then set up your RAID, reinstall Steam, and restore your games from the backup.

    But if you're going to do a full overhaul on your system you might as well just wait until you have your new hard drive.

    What are your current specs?

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  • tsmvengytsmvengy Registered User regular
    edited December 2010
    Sadly, after sitting down and looking at what I have, it's that lovely time when I get spend money on a new mobo, ram, and processor.

    I might as well get a velociraptor the O/S and games and a TB hard drive for storage while I'm at it.

    if you have the money get an SSD instead of a velociraptor.

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  • Casually HardcoreCasually Hardcore Once an Asshole. Trying to be better. Registered User regular
    edited December 2010
    tsmvengy wrote: »
    Sadly, after sitting down and looking at what I have, it's that lovely time when I get spend money on a new mobo, ram, and processor.

    I might as well get a velociraptor the O/S and games and a TB hard drive for storage while I'm at it.

    if you have the money get an SSD instead of a velociraptor.

    I heard they're either really expensive and hella fast, or cheap and hella slow.

    Is this still the case?

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  • tsmvengytsmvengy Registered User regular
    edited December 2010
    The OCZ vertex drives are supposed to be good. About $2 per gigabyte. Definitely more expensive than a velociraptor but an SSD will kick the VR's ass.

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  • SmokeStacksSmokeStacks The Myth, the Legend, the Bowman, the Shambler FuckerRegistered User regular
    edited December 2010
    They'll run a lot cooler and quieter than a 10,000RPM Velociraptor too.

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  • Casually HardcoreCasually Hardcore Once an Asshole. Trying to be better. Registered User regular
    edited December 2010
    Man, these prices are just ouchy. $90 for 30GB?

    Seriously, Windows 7 will barely fit in that...

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  • tsmvengytsmvengy Registered User regular
    edited December 2010
    90GB for $180 or 120GB for $230 are probably the best deals.

    But yeah, they're pricey. But so fast if you have the money.

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  • Casually HardcoreCasually Hardcore Once an Asshole. Trying to be better. Registered User regular
    edited December 2010
    I can actually live with 90GB and a TB dumb drive.

    Question about video card. I currently have a 9800 GTX and I can't really justify upgrading this card yet. Is it possible to squeeze a few more months off of this card?

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  • tsmvengytsmvengy Registered User regular
    edited December 2010
    I can actually live with 90GB and a TB dumb drive.

    Question about video card. I currently have a 9800 GTX and I can't really justify upgrading this card yet. Is it possible to squeeze a few more months off of this card?

    It's towards the low end but definitely still useable for a while. Depends on what resolution you're playing at. If you're at 1920X1080 you might have issues at high settings on newer games.

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